How to Choose a Dry Dog Food
We want to help you choose the best food option for your pet.
Deciding what to feed your dog is not an easy thing. In addition to exercise and mental health, diet is the largest contributor to well-being.
Dogs have different dietary needs depending on their stage of life. Puppies, lactating and pregnant females need a lot of calcium and magnesium for bone health and growth; Older animals generally need less minerals to avoid kidney damage.
Well-balanced food contains nutrients that keep your pet's coat healthy and shiny, strengthen the immune system, keep the digestive system working properly, that can help your pet maintain a healthier lifestyle.
Here's what to consider when it comes to pet nutrition: nutrients, the quality of the manufacturer, the stage of your pet's life, lifestyle, allergies, and other special health conditions that should affect the food in the bowl.
- Protein: You'll see chicken, beef, lamb, and fish, or grains, vegetables, and soy as protein sources in pet food. Proteins are essential to animal nutrition because they are the building blocks of the tissues that comprise all the organs in the body and for creating strong muscles.
Adult dogs in good health generally require about 18-25 percent protein in their diet.
- Carbohydrates: In a high-quality pet food you might see ingredients like barley, soy, and oats. These grains help provide your pet with energy and fiber. Dogs are omnivores, meaning they can use carbohydrates as a source of energy.
Dog foods meant for maintenance have anywhere between 30 to 70 percent carbohydrates
- Mineral and vitamin supplements: dogs require vitamins and minerals for metabolic, digestive, and immune system health. Adding vegetables and high-quality grains to pet food provides some of these vitamins and minerals. You will likely see antioxidant-rich vitamins E and C, along with essential vitamins like B, A, D, and K. Minerals such as sodium, zinc, phosphorous, and calcium are also found in balanced dog foods. If you want to feed dog a natural pet food, make sure to look for brands that are made with natural ingredients, but also contain needed vitamins or supplements. This will ensure your pet is getting proper nutrition with all of the building blocks to help your pet be healthier.
- Fats: Fats provide energy, as well as taste and flavor, to foods, and encourage the absorption of certain vitamins. Fat provided by the diet also helps dogs maintain healthy skin and a shiny, healthy coat.
Common fats used in dog foods include chicken or pork fat, cottonseed oil, vegetable oil, soybean oil, fish oil, safflower oil, and many more. A balanced diet that provides about 10-15 percent fat is essential for health in the majority of adult dogs.
When deciding on a pet food, it's also a good idea to consider the quality of the manufacturer. How can you determine if they are committed to producing healthy pet food?
One way to tell if a manufacturer is meeting standards to be called "natural," for instance, is by determining whether its food meets guidelines established by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). The AAFCO identifies natural pet foods in the United States by ensuring, among other things, that its ingredients have undergone no chemical alterations prior to packaging. Likewise, in order for a dog food to be marketed as "complete and balanced it must meet separate nutritional standards established by AAFCO.
Now, how brand is the best for my pet?
The best dog food for your dog is ultimately up to you to decide. As an owner, you are the one who sees your dog on a regular basis. If your dog produces firm, healthy stool, is active and fit, and has a healthy appetite, then your dog food is probably working just fine.
Your veterinarian is a valuable resource to you during this process. They know more about pet nutrition than the average owner, and they also have access to research and resources that owners do not have. Your vet can help you narrow down your options and should be more than happy to help you find the answers to your questions about your dog’s food.
You veterinarian is a great resource when considering which dog food to buy.
Some of the Best Dog Food Brands Based on Consumer Reviews
Wellness Complete Health Dry Dog Food https://www.timberline.pet/search?q=wellness
Instinct Original Grain-Free Dry https://www.timberline.pet/collections/instinct
Taste of the Wild Dry Dog Food https://www.timberline.pet/collections/taste-of-the-wild
Blue Buffalo Life Protection Dry https://www.timberline.pet/collections/blue-buffalo
Canidae Grain-Free Pure Dry Dog Food https://www.timberline.pet/search?q=Canidae+
Diamond Naturals Dry Kibble https://www.timberline.pet/search?q=Diamond
Wellness Core https://www.timberline.pet/search?q=Wellness+Core
Whole Earth https://www.timberline.pet/search?q=Whole+Earth+
Holistic Select https://www.timberline.pet/collections/holistic-select